Pacific Games

​Defence recruits to pass out tomorrow

 PNGDF Commander Gilbert Toropo says he is pleased so far with the training being carried out at the training barracks.

Toropo tells PNG Loop that the next batch will see females become  part of the enlistees while this batch sees  only male recruits in training.

Meantime, the parade tomorrow will begin at 10 am and see the training units pass out to go into their divisional training.

CS PNG to receive supplementary games orders

On hand to receive the orders will be about 250 or so personnel that will be gathered at the Correctional service college field to receive Waipo’s official orders.

The officers have under gone training to help in their deployment alongside their police and defence counter parts in the upcoming Pacific Games.

According to the CS public relations units all the training methods that the staff have gone through are in line with their standing orders and will also be to complement the needs of the lead agency, the police.

Distance runners on track for Pacific Games

he distance squad is undergoing a final week of training with coaches Peter Deane, Bernard Manau and Paul Komba at the National Sports Institute in Goroka.

The squad had their last competition before the Games with athletes looking super fit for the athletics competition which is to run from July 13-18.

Middle and long distance runner Kaminiel Matlaun recorded a 54 second first lap in the 800m and went on to record a Pacific leading time of 1min 53.1 seconds.

Team Fiji targets 80 gold medals

This was stated by Fiji Association of Sports and National Olympic Committee president Joe Rodan.

Team Fiji will be sending 453 athletes represented in 25 sports.

According to local journalist Anasilini Ratuva, the country is hoping to collect medals in rugby 7s, athletics, netball, soccer, weightlifting, powerlifting, swimming, volleyball, table tennis and Va'a.

Celebrate Pacific Games the Melanesian way: Scovell

He said the counter to this event is that the spirit and goodwill of the games associated with being the host city can do with a big dose of everyone feeling positive, embracing all the cultures and races that make up PNG.

Scovell told PNG Loop that the event is also a time for everyone to identify themselves as one people, one country and celebrate it together.  

He said governments can build and change our infrastructures but it is up to us collectively to change our attitudes and culture.  

Cook Islanders and Pacific MMI PNG Lewas aim to make mark in Pacific Games

Cook Islands coach Alister Stevic said the Cook Islanders though an amateur side have the potential to perform well during the week-long women’s cricket competition in the Pacific Games.

“You do your best as an amateur side. The girls continued training regularly since returning from Japan in 2014. The last 4 months has seen regular weekly dedication from the players including chalking up 3-4 early morning fitness sessions with the Team Manager Carlene Mapu and 3-4 evening training sessions with Coach Patiiamai Ataela,” Stevic said.

​Baton beats path through colourful Kairuku

Flying in from Tapini via helicopter this morning, the Baton continued from Bereina station being welcomed by hundreds of excited students and traditional dancers swaying in their grass skirts to the beat of their kundu drums.

There, CEO of Kairuku, Victor Tsinabi officially welcomed the team.

He said it was an honour for the people of Kairuku to be a part of history.

From there, the Baton was passed on to the runners to take it out of the station and onto the trans highway.

​Games Relay begins journey in Central Province

The Relay will spend the next few days touring the coastal and inland villages of Central.

Central is the last province the baton will visit before it makes its way into the nation’s capital on 29 June.

The baton flew by chopper over Papa/Lealea villages, LNG site and Tapini in the Goilala District before landing at Bereina station in Kairuku.

 It will then relay back to Veimauri before retiring to Port Moresby.

PNG community in Cairns, Australia joins Games Relay


The Oil Search Games Relay made a special visit to Cairns on the weekend where the community hosted an informal picnic on the Esplanade of Cairns City.

Team PNG athletes who are training in Cairns also attended the event.

PNG Consul Rava Chapman thanked the team for remembering the large community living and working in North Queensland and wished Team PNG every success in the upcoming games.

10 days to go before Pacific Games begin

The Games will be held from July 4 to 18 and involves 24 countries participating in 28 sports.

Preparations are speeding up as host city Port Moresby looks forward to welcome more than 4,000 athletes, officials and tourists.

New Pacific Games banners and the flags of the 24 countries have been raised outside the Sir John Guise Stadium while new banners are placed at roundabouts throughout the city.

The Games venues are being tested and the Games Organising Committee is undergoing the process of moving in temporary infrastructure.